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Our Mission

At Candelas Dentistry, we seek to strengthen our community with healthier smiles and meaningful patient experiences. We believe showing some love to your pearly whites should feel relaxing and rewarding, so we deliver compassionate, informative care in a modern and peaceful environment. From an array of comfortable, personalized services to full hour consults, Dr. Kim and the team at Candelas will always take the time to get to know you and be a source of constant support on your journey to a sparkling smile.

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Get to Know Dr. Kim

Dr. Kim grew up in Southern California’s diverse natural landscapes and surrounded herself with inspiring mentors. One of Dr. Kim’s most influential mentors was her dentist. Through the encouragement and guidance of her mentor, Dr. Kim applied to dental school and realized her passion for public health and bringing back smiles. She attended the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Dental Medicine, where she earned her Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. Continuing her education, she completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry residency at the Veterans Affairs Hospital, where she had the honor of treating our veterans with complex dental needs.

Dr. Kim is committed to continuously educating herself on the latest clinical and technological advances to provide the best treatment for her patients. She received the Fellowship in ICOI (International Congress of Implantologists) which signifies her extensive knowledge of the placement of dental implants. Dr. Kim and her husband fell in love with Colorado’s down-to-earth spirit, and knew this was where they wanted to plant roots. With a desire to emulate the strengths of her life heroes, Dr. Kim is dedicated to being a compassionate shoulder to lean on and source of honest guidance for both her patients and colleagues. Her goal is to inspire her community to live a life of thriving health by educating patients and creating positive, personalized dental experiences.

Outside of the office, Dr. Kim loves exploring local cityscapes, hiking, biking, skiing, and treasuring time spent with her family and friends. If you’re looking for exceptional dental care in Arvada, Dr. Kim can’t wait to meet you!

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Inspiring Smiles in Arvada

Get to Know Dr. Melissa Hinze-Rogakis

Dr. Hinze was born in Wisconsin and moved to Wyoming as a kid. She grew up just outside of Yellowstone National Park and gained a fascination for animals and science. Throughout high school, Dr. Hinze worked for a veterinarian and during her summers traveled out of state to work with animals at zoos and aquariums. 

She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from Michigan State University in 2006. While at MSU, she worked for a veterinarian that allowed her to do dental cleanings and extractions on cats and dogs. It was there that she decided she wanted to be a dentist instead of a veterinarian. She then went on to earn her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska in 2012. After dental school and a decade in the Midwest, Dr. Hinze wanted to get back to the mountains and be closer to her family, so she moved to Denver and has been practicing in the metro area ever since. 

Dr. Hinze is a member of the American Dental Association, Colorado Dental Association, and the Metro Denver Dental Society. Dr. Hinze values actively pursuing continuing education to provide better care and services to her patients and is committed to providing gentle, compassionate care to her patients.

When not practicing dentistry, Dr. Hinze enjoys traveling throughout the United States and internationally. She is married to her husband, Nick, and they have two sons, Alexander and Weston. They also have two Great Danes, Bessie and Rosie.

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Meet the Team

Our brilliant, hardworking team of dental pros are here to make your dental appointments fun, gratifying, and comfortable. We love connecting with patients and providing the resources they need for a healthy smile. If you have any questions, please let us know how we can help!

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Annie Rendon

Office Manager

Annie grew up in Southern California and has been in the dental field for 10+ yrs. She likes hiking and riding her motorcycle. She is very family oriented. Fun fact: She's a certified massage therapist.

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Front Desk Coordinator

Meet our Front Desk Coordinator, Mariana! She has been in the dental field for almost a decade. Mariana enjoys getting to know and meeting new people while building friendships along the way. She was born and raised in Colorado. During her free time she enjoys working out, traveling, and spending time with her family and three sisters. She looks forward to meeting you all.

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Claudia Hernandez Lucero

Dental hygienist

Claudia Hernandez Lucero was born and raised in Patagonia. Growing up in southern Chile, Dentistry was hard to access and her first dentist traveled to different towns in a mobile office. Motivated by that dentist’s passion for improving patients’ lives through oral hygiene, she decided to pursue the same.

She met her husband while he was travelling and they moved to the US together. Providing quality patient care and connecting with patients are her main priorities as she continues to grow and learn. In her free time, she loves hiking, traveling, and skiing!

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Carlisle Fungalei

Expanded Duties Dental Assistant

Carlisle Fungalei was born and raised on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona. She attended Apollo College in Phoenix and moved to Colorado in 2009. She has been working in the dental field as an Expanded Duty Dental Assistant for eighteen years. She is happily married with three beautiful children and a proud Army mom. Carlisle spends her free time with her family camping, fishing, hiking and planning vacations year around.

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Expanded Duties Dental Assistant

Alexis was born in Arizona and moved to Colorado when she was young. She was introduced to the dental field right after high school and has found a passion for it ever since. Alexis is dedicated to practicing and learning new concepts every day. In her free time, Alexis enjoys creating art, going to concerts, and trying new foods.

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Moni Martinez

Dental Assistant

Moni was born and raised in Colorado and grew up in Westminster. Her aunt introduced her to the dental field and loved it ever since.She enjoys hiking and camping with her girlfriends and exploring new places. Moni loves to play sports, especially soccer since it's also a family sport. Fun fact: She loves producing and writing music.

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Amber Sillence

Dental Assistant

My name is Amber Sillence and I am from St Petersburg Florida. I have been in dentistry since 1997. For fun, I like hiking and swimming. Fun fact I am a dolphin expert and used to work on a dolphin tour boat.

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Supporting Arvada’s Youth

Giving Back with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado

Deeply impacted by her own mentor, Dr. Kim understands the immeasurable value of investing in others. In an effort to inspire the next generation of our community, we’re holding a special partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado, a nonprofit mentoring program that’s making a positive difference in the lives of our youth, their families, and our city as a whole. As a relationship-based practice, it’s our honor to be an inclusive, uplifting anchor to all in Arvada. Help us cheer on the next generation of our community by joining our patient family today.

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What to Expect

Fresh, serene, and modern, our atmosphere is designed to invite relaxation throughout your stay. Upon stepping into our office, our team of friendly faces will check you in and take care in answering any questions you may have. After checking in, feel free to make yourself at home in our beautiful reception area. We provide a refreshing beverage station, TVs equipped with Netflix, noise-cancelling headphones, and warm towels for optimal coziness. Next, Dr. Kim will get to know you and discuss a personalized treatment plan that compliments your budget and lifestyle. We love bonding with patients and getting to know new smiles, so stop by and say hello today!

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Modern, Comfortable Solutions

Our Technology

At Candelas Dentistry, we use the most gentle, modern methods and invest in best-in-class technology to secure exceptional patient care from start to finish. Here, we will always take the most minimally-invasive approach to treatments. That’s why we feature the i-CAT FLX CBCT, a 3D imaging system that safely captures your smile with comfort, clarity, and top-notch precision.

In addition, Candelas Dentistry is an iTero Digital Practice. This means that we are able to say goodbye to goopy impression trays! With our iTero Scanner, we provide comfortable, efficient, and precise 3-D scans.

It's about time we ditched the syringe! Our team is proud to offer patients with The Wand®, a cutting-edge anesthesia tool! By using The Wand®, Dr. Kim can give you a comfortable numbing treatment so you can enjoy a painless, anxiety-free treatment.

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